In her Oscar acceptance speech, Frances McDormand asked all the women in the room to rise to their feet. It was a prime-time TV moment in a movement that is now sweeping many sectors and businesses: the overdue recognition of women and their contribution to our societies.
For me, one particular group of women deserves to be celebrated. They can’t conjur a Hollywood spotlight to draw attention to their work, yet without them many around the globe would be worse off. They travel thousands of miles, often at considerable personal cost, to make a better future for themselves and their families. Women make up almost half of migrants globally – and it’s time that their positive contribution was acknowledged.
As the co-founder of a digital company which deals in the migrant money transfers – the so-called remittance market - I am acutely aware of the sacrifices these women make. Our women customers live and work in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Norway, sending money to countries such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya. They are predominantly employed in healthcare and their work benefits public services in their host countries but is also vital to relatives back home.
Women’s remittances create opportunities